Teen Cooking Camp: Pastry Basics

$995 per person

San Francisco Cooking Camps are 5-consecutive day sessions that offer your kids access to high-quality ingredients, top-notch tools, attentive instruction, and tons of fun. This camp is ideal for kids with a demonstrated passion for food and cooking who want to spend each day rolling up their sleeves to learn some amazing new recipes

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Know how to prep for any baking project, including a thorough understanding of ingredients and how they work
  • Understand the principals of choux pastry and how to pipe it for a variety of eclairs and cream puffs
  • Master a flaky, butter master dough for pies, tarts, and cookies
  • Understand how to construct a multi-layer celebration cake and decorate it like a pro

 

About This Class

Does your teenager love to help out in the kitchen? Do you fear they may spend their summer only watching cooking shows? If you’ve got kids who dream of a career in food, or just want to cook with more confidence, this one-week camp is exactly what they need.

San Francisco Cooking Camp: Pastry Basics for Teens is aimed at mature teens who are passionate in the kitchen and hungry to learn more about all aspects of pastry. Each day will focus on core fundamentals through hands-on learning. Rather than simply having them memorize recipes, we will help your teens understand more about how things work in the kitchen and, via a variety of methods and techniques, they will become more intuitive and comfortable with a variety of homemade pastries. Eclairs, Pies, Cookies, and even gorgeously decorated Cakes will all be part of the program.

The week culminates with the class turning our kitchen into a “bakeshop” for friends and family, with a menu conceived and prepared by your kids. Where better to kick of a life-long love of pastry than in the professional kitchen of San Francisco Cooking School?

Camp Schedule: 9 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday from July 23rd – July 27th OR August 6th – August 10th

Note: Our Cooking Camps are intensive and hands-on. We cover a lot of material and will also have a lot of fun! The environment is stellar for curious cooks but we do not offer alternate activities should your kids not be interested in the curriculum. Safety and sanitation are our top priorities and we will be diligent in enforcing the rules of the kitchen to make sure everyone is working safely.

Menu

Day 1: Choux, Tart Doughs

Day 2: Tart Bake-Off & Cookies

Day 3: Cookie Bake-Off, Cake Batters and Frosting

Day 4: Cake Assembly and Decoration

Day 5: Choux, Tart and Cake Assembly +  Bakery Showcase

Details

  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Five-session series
  • Ages 13-17

FAQ

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 2 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback.

When should I arrive for my class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we can not have students congregate in the building before class starts. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school, safely distanced (sidewalks are clearly marked) and will be let in the school just before class begins.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. You will be given a new, disposable mask to wear in class to ensure what you have on hasn’t been contaminated prior to entering SFCS. We will have extras available should you need one while at school.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.

 

Do I need to eat before class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we will not be serving food or drinks during class, We will, however, be sending you home with both ingredients and finished food items so you can enjoy them later, and practice as well.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks, provided by SFCS, are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
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